Tagged: cash for work

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People building half-moon structures on bare soil.

Half moon shaped irrigation channels help preserve water when it next rains. And by building them, Nigerien families earn an income to get through the hungry months until then.

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Villagers clean out drainage channels, Haiti. Photo: Chris Hufstader/Oxfam

A local mayor enlists support from Oxfam to address major flooding in his community in rural Haiti. Oxfam's Chris Hufstader reports from the ground.

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Oxfam ran special 'cash-for-work' programs to help those whose livelihoods were washed away by last year's devastating floods in Pakistan get back on their feet. In this video, Ali Hassan collects and cashes a check for some of the work he's done.

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Dadaab refugee camp is currently the world's largest refugee complex, hosting more than 400,000 people. Oxfam's cash-for-work initiatives offer the community an opportunity to earn an income as well as gain some dignity knowing they are helping to provide for their family.

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Pastoralist communities are now reliant on food aid, Kenya. Photo: Andy Hall/Oxf

Yet again, millions of Kenyans are staring hunger in the face as a result of a severe drought and increasing fuel and food prices. Oxfam is expanding our water and sanitation programs, distributing food, providing cash for work, and helping protect livestock.

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Shawl, quilt and sweater distribution. Credit: Jane Beesley

In September we visited women in the small village of Jarray who had just started to make shawls as part of the Cash for Work and winterization programs. Two months on, we asked them what they had spent their money on and what they thought about the program.

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Oxfam is in a race against time to hand out thousands of winter kits to families still homeless from Pakistan's summer floods – already a challenge as the deluge wrecked roads and bridges. It will get worse when many communities are cut off by blizzards.

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Credit: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

In most emergencies women are significantly more affected than men, and in far greater numbers. In our work we recognize not only that men and women have different roles in most societies, but that women are often marginalized.

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Paul Neal, Oxfam team leader of the shelter program in Haiti, talks about how young people are being given cash for work to put together shelter materials for those affected by the 12 January earthquake.

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The Haitian people have begun tackling the hard work of recovery. Many are eager to contribute, looking for opportunities to earn money and to meet people's basic needs. Oxfam is employing people affected by the Haiti quake.

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